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Raigor Stonehoof, the Earthshaker
"Like a golem or gargoyle, Earthshaker was one with the earth but now walks freely upon it. Unlike those other entities, he created himself through an act of will, and serves no other master. In restless slumbers, encased in a deep seam of stone, he became aware of the life drifting freely above him. He grew curious. During a season of tremors, the peaks of Nishai shook themselves loose of avalanches, shifting the course of rivers and turning shallow valleys into bottomless chasms. When the land finally ceased quaking, Earthshaker stepped from the settling dust, tossing aside massive boulders as if throwing off a light blanket. He had shaped himself in the image of a mortal beast, and named himself Raigor Stonehoof. He bleeds now, and breathes, and therefore he can die. But his spirit is still that of the earth; he carries its power in the magical totem that never leaves him. And on the day he returns to dust, the earth will greet him as a prodigal son."
Earthshaker is a melee support and initiator hero who flattens his foes with an arsenal of ground-themed nukes and spells. Excelling at area-of-effect damage, his spells suffer from long casting animations but more than make up for it with their raw damage potential and the potential to stun any foe unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of his power. His Fissure
can block off escape routes and knock dangerous foes out of a team fight, while his Enchant Totem
spell will temporarily boost his auto attack damage to finish off any survivors. Aftershock
gives all of his abilities bonus damage and area-of-effect stuns - which synchronizes well with Enchant Totem
- and his ultimate Echo Slam
will deal cumulative bonus damage based on how many enemies are caught in its area of effect. No matter how overwhelming the odds might seem, a good Earthshaker can quickly level any playing field and leave his opponents eating dirt.
- Badass Beard
- Carry a Big Stick/Telephone Polearm: His totem.
- Charged Attack: Enchant Totem gives him a massive damage boost for one attack, and with Aftershock can damage and stun every enemy in a small radius.
- For Massive Damage: It's one of the few damage amplifiers that stack with critical hits.
- One-Hit Kill: With Daedalus, his attack damage can be increased 12 times, and overlapping cooldown of the spell lets you immediately land another hit on the stunned target. This is enough to burst down not only supports, but carries as well.
- Difficult but Awesome: Earthshaker's bread and butter skill, Fissure. Bad Earthshaker players are prone to use this skill to block teammates, isolating them from the team and netting the enemies an easy kill or leave enemy heroes on the wrong side of the crevasse, allowing them to escape with an easy walk. However, good Fissure usage can provide great utility, able to block a lane in a gank, stop chasing/escaping enemies, snipe enemy heroes with its extreme range, isolate them from their teammates or otherwise trap them in unpleasant positions.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Well, Raigor is made out of dirt.
- Magma Man: With the Bindings of Deep Magma cosmetic item, all of Raigor's abilities become magma instead of earth.
- Earthquakes Cause Fissures
- Earthquake Machine: His totem is a supernatural variant.
- For Massive Damage: Proper usage of his abilities can cause the most burst damage in a few moments any hero is capable of in the entire game.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With
- Ground-Shattering Landing: The animation for his ultimate, Echo Slam
- Herd Hitting Attack: Echo Slam deals bonus damage per every enemy unit within range without an upper limit, so hitting a lot of enemies is a requirement for it.
- Interface Screw: A recent visuals update makes Fissure and Echo Slam shake the entire screen when cast.
- Involuntary Group Split: Fissure can block off enemies from their allies, leaving them at the mercy of your team. Of course, it's also easy to rush this and cause more harm than good - you can easily block off your team mates, save enemy heroes or condemn your own.
- Magic Knight: Although he's a Strength hero and has good durability, his base auto-attacks are fairly weak and he relies heavily on his spells to support his team.
- Mighty Glacier
- Noun Verber
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep
- Primal Stance
- Race Lift: He was a Tauren in the first DotA; this was changed into a more ambiguous gorilla-bull hybrid for the sequel for copyright reasons.
- Shockwave Stomp: With Aftershock, each of his abilities triggers an extra shockwave around him.
- Spam Attack: Enchant Totem, a cheap spell used mostly to trigger Aftershock.
- Terrain Sculpting: Fissure can not only stun but also temporarily create an impassible crevasse. Knowing how to use it to trap enemies is vital to mastering Earthshaker.
Sven, the Rogue Knight
"Sven is the bastard son of a Vigil Knight, born of a Pallid Meranth, raised in the Shadeshore Ruins. With his father executed for violating the Vigil Codex, and his mother shunned by her wild race, Sven believes that honor is to be found in no social order — but only in himself. After tending his mother through a lingering death, he offered himself as a novice to the Vigil Knights, never revealing his identity. For thirteen years he studied in his father's school, mastering the rigid code that declared his existence an abomination. Then, on the day that should have been his In-Swearing, he seized the Outcast Blade, shattered the Sacred Helm, and burned the Codex in the Vigil's Holy Flame. He strode from Vigil Keep, forever solitary, following his private code to the last strict rune. Still a knight, yes... but a Rogue Knight."
Sven is a melee Strength hero that works well as a Support hero, but can transition into a semi-carry due to his item independence, self-sufficient skills and ability to flash-farm. He boasts a lot of self-buffs that will enhance his incredible strength as he leaps to the enemy ranks and slashing through the enemy heroes, with beefed up stats to deal great damage. His Storm Hammer
is his only ranged skill, where he launches a big magical fist from his gauntlet to a target enemy, stunning the target and anyone on a circular area near the enemy. With his Great Cleave
, Sven gains a cleave attack, allowing his normal attacks to damage enemies nearby his target, basically a free Battle Fury or twonote
, while using his Warcry
, has Sven roar out and pumping up his and his allies' armor and movement speed for sturdier advance or escape. Lastly, his ultimate, God's Strength
, has Sven channel his strength to incredible levels that he gains a big amount of bonus strength, allowing his normal attacks to deal great damage. Sven is most often seen building Black King Bar, as its magic immunity allows Sven to shove off spells that hinder his movement so he can freely move in and attack anyone in his range with his great strength.
- Anti-Hero: He's a Knight, following HIS code of chivalry. Although not evil, if you ever cross it, you're going to get cleaved. Ask the Vigil Knights of how it turned out.
- The Berserker: His playstyle emphasizes rushing into the midst of the fight to deal as much damage as possible during his stun and buffs.
- BFS: The Outcast Blade. His passive, Great Cleave, allows him to spread a percentage of his damage to all nearby enemies every time they attack, ignoring armor.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: A hilarious one with Enchantress:
- Butt Monkey: In Valve's demonstration videos of Hero abilities, Sven is always the Hero used to demonstrate the abilities' effects. This has since spread, with the help of DotaCinema, to fan videos as well.
- Cool Helmet: A knight's helmet with huge horns.
- Darker and Edgier: Zig-zagged. Sven in the old DotA was just a solid defender of justice as a backstory and a Boisterous Bruiser with "Pumping Up" jokes in his skillset definitions, but he uses the evil Tichondrius voice set. In Dota 2, the "Pumping Up" jokes vanish, and he became more rogue-ish, betraying and slaughtering the Vigil Knights because they violated his personal honor of being a Half-Human Hybrid (after learning from them) although he would still follow the conduct of a normal knight. However, his voiceset is decidedly more honorable and knight-like (if rather Rogue-ish). He's also more of a solitary loner than a boisterous guy.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He has huge armor plates on his left arm. One of the item descriptions explains they're a counterweight to his sword.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: The skill flavor text of Warcry says "Calling a few lines from the Vigil Codex fortifies Sven's obedience to his rogue code. So poetic!". Yet, whenever Sven uses Warcry, he's just roaring loudly. So is Sven's roar just that damn poetic, or the Vigil Codex just consists of incoherent roaring?
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When under the effects of God's Strength.
- Guttural Growler: Game's prime example.
- Half-Human Hybrid: In DotA, he was half human and half Night Elf. In Dota 2, half Pallid Meranth (mother's side) half Vigil Knight (father's side).
- Herd Hitting Attack: Great Cleave is the single most powerful cleave in the game (barring the cooldown-limited Tidebringer), in both area of effect and percentage damage. In many cases with heroes that can avoid attacks or have extremely high armor, it's actually better to hit people near your intended target since cleave is affected by neither evasion nor armor.
- Heroic Bastard
- Hour of Power: God's Strength lasts for a limited duration after being activated, and can triple his base damage, making him a prime candidate to build Strength items on.
- I Work Alone: Sven has this in his mindset, leading a solitary life following the conducts of a Knight, and one of his quotes if his team is defeated is "Should've done this myself." But since this is an ARTS game...
- Knight in Sour Armor: Sven will protect the weak as befitting of a knight. However, his years of abuse and isolation for being a half Pallid Meranth left him rather somber and gave him a disdain on typical chivalries, like Omniknight or Chen (although he occasionally would compliment Omniknight).
- Mighty Glacier: His main weakness is his vulnerability to being avoided as he's slightly slower than average at best, and Warcry isn't all that useful as a speed boost. His usual item choices tend towards fixing this, making him a Lightning Bruiser in most fights.
- One-Man Army: One of the best heroes at getting Rampages, even by himself if the enemy is grouped up, thanks to his area stun and damage output.
- Power Up Full Color Change: Casting his ultimate turns him (and occasionally his sword) red.
- Rated M for Manly: His first skill throws a rocket punch made of thunder, and his general playstyle emphasizes he should have no fear of diving in the middle of the enemy team, causing as much damage possible. Sven himself is often considered one of DOTA's manliest hero, with Great Cleave, every enemies nearby is forced to feel a portion of Sven's great strength, damaging them (and he needs no cooldown (it's a passive), or money (buy a Battle Fury) for that).
- Razor Wind: To indicate how far the Great Cleave damage reaches past the sword's length.
- Rocket Punch: Storm Hammer launches his enchanted gauntlet at the enemies.
- Rouge Angles of Satin
- Irony: God's Strength turns Sven red. He really is a rogue rouge knight!
- Screaming Warrior: His Warcry gives himself and nearby allies a huge speed and armor boost. And he generally screams a lot.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to a wrestler, whose signature skill was to get 'Pumped Up'.
- Shock and Awe: Storm Hammer has lightning effects, and he gains Glowing, lighning-emitting eyes and lightning sounds whenever he attacks during God's Strength.
- Simple Yet Awesome: Only has his ranged stun as a direct target spell, and the rest are mostly passive buffs, and his play style is to get near the enemy and then start whacking them dead with normal attacks.
- Sophisticated as Hell
- Super Mode: God's Strength amplifies Sven's damage for a few seconds...
- Testosterone Poisoning
- Would Not Hit a Girl: Zig-zagged. Sven has a quote where he displays displeasure that he had to kill Rylai ("I would not kill a maiden, but you forced the issue.") and in his massive amount of 'kill' quips, he has no special quotes against ladies... except the aforementioned Rylai, and Aiushtha, the latter was more because he's annoyed at her attitude and her skills being detrimental to his play style ("Go sproink yourself!"). Of course, this being is an ARTS game, if you order him to attack a girl hero, he will obey.
Tiny, the Stone Giant
"Coming to life as a chunk of stone, Tiny's origins are a mystery on which he continually speculates. He is a Stone Giant now, but what did he used to be? A splinter broken from a Golem's heel? A shard swept from a gargoyle-sculptor's workshop? A fragment of the Oracular Visage of Garthos? A deep curiosity drives him, and he travels the world tirelessly seeking his origins, his parentage, his people. As he roams, he gathers weight and size; the forces that weather lesser rocks, instead cause Tiny to grow and ever grow."
Tiny may seem like a weak hero at the beginning of a match, but give him enough time and he'll soon start to throw his weight around. As the game progresses, he bounces from role to role as he levels up; he can push, initiate, gank, or even carry depending on what items he builds and the needs of the team. Boasting a powerful disable and a versatile initiation attack, Tiny can easily stun his foes with Avalanche
, then throw a random nearby unit into the mayhem with Toss
. Close range attackers will be discouraged by his Craggy Exterior
, which has a chance of negating an attack and stunning its source. As the Stone Giant levels his ultimate, Grow
, he'll trade in some of his attack speed for bonus movement speed and attack damage, and prove to his opponents that good things can come in small packages.
- The Big Guy: With his ultimate maxed out, Tiny is easily the largest character in the game, rivaled only by Undying's Flesh Golem.
- Counter Attack: Enemies that attack Tiny from within 300 units have a chance of being stunned by his passive Craggy Exterior.
- No Sell: Craggy Exterior stuns attackers when their attack begins not when it lands, meaning any attack that triggers Craggy Exterior will not do damage. This is especially notable against heroes with a bash, Skull Basher or Abyssal Blade, as when both proc, Craggy Exterior takes precedence.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: You're not likely to make Aghanim's Scepter before you have your ultimate. But if you do, you'll be treated to a sight of Tiny hauling around a comically large tree - twice as big as himself if you didn't level the ultimate at all - with unique animations for all actions.
- Dishing Out Dirt: As a stone giant, this is to be expected.
- Fastball Special: Toss can be used this way to hurl allies into the midst of enemies for teamfight initiation.
- Glowing Eyes
- Golem: Sort of.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: When used against an enemy, Toss inflicts damage to the tossed unit, and does AoE damage if targeted on an enemy. If combined with Avalanche, it inflicts double Avalanche's damage, making Tiny capable of one-shotting most squishy heroes in the game.
- Herd Hitting Attack: Tiny's Avalanche + Toss combo and the cleave from his ultimate makes standing close a very bad idea.
- Hulk Speak: One of his lines even deliberately makes a Shout-Out as such.
- Ironic Nickname: Although his name is true at first, Tiny quickly becomes one of the largest characters in the game.
- Jack of All Stats: Tiny starts the game as a squishy nuker/ganker, then becomes a durable, yet fast rightclicker carry, and with Aghanim's Scepter becomes a pusher. The difference from most other heroes is that he doesn't sacrifice any of these roles for the other; his spells scale well into the lategame, augmenting his slow but damaging melee attacks.
- Magic Knight: Tiny relies on his Avalanche + Toss combo to deal massive burst damage
- Magikarp Power: In the beginning of the game, Tiny is pretty pathetic - he has terrible Agility, two spells that eat his mana very quickly, and fairly poor stat growth. Give him time and a few early kills, though, and he'll soon transform into a Lightning Bruiser, capable of smashing entire teams asunder by the mid-to-late game.
- Mighty Glacier
- Lightning Bruiser: As you level Grow!, Tiny actually gains movement speed, to the point where he can chase most heroes around the map pretty easily, and his innate tankiness and a chance to stun attacking enemies give him incredible survivability.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Unlike a typical giant, Tiny is made of stone. He also can't be considered a proper "giant" until later in the game.
- Primal Stance
- Power Fist: Tiny's right hand is a giant rock stump with no fingers that he walks on and uses to punch people, although the second use is shown less as Tiny gets bigger, and starts using his smaller left hand for punching.
- Quest for Identity: His goal is to find his origin.
- Rock Monster
- Square/Cube Law: While he starts out more agile and capable of swinging his entire body around, Tiny loses agility as he gets larger (not the stat), to the point that, at full size, he has to constantly steady himself with his right hand, even when attacking.
- Telephone Polearm: If given Aghanim's Scepter, Tiny will use A TREE as a bludgeon.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Tiny's legs aren't that much bigger than a regular hero's, while his upper body is massive. As a result, he has to use his Right hand to steady himself while walking, and when he gets bigger, just standing.
- Weird Beard: Made of moss.
- You Have Researched Breathing: The entire advantage to getting an staff once wielded by a demigod-like Wizard for Tiny? Him picking up a tree. Why he couldn't pick up a tree before then is never really explained.
Kunkka, the Admiral
"As Admiral of the mighty Claddish Navy, Kunkka was charged with protecting the isles of his homeland when the Demons of the Cataract made a concerted grab at the lands of men. After years of small sorties, and increasingly bold and devastating attacks, the Demon Fleet flung all its carnivorous ships at the Trembling Isle. Desperate, the Suicide-Mages of Cladd committed their ultimate rite, summoning a host of ancestral spirits to protect the fleet. Against the Demons, this was just barely enough to turn the tide. As Kunkka watched the Demons take his ships down one by one, he had the satisfaction of wearing away their fleet with his ancestral magic. But at the battle's peak, something in the clash of demons, men and atavistic spirits must have stirred a fourth power that had been slumbering in the depths. The waves rose up in towering spouts around the few remaining ships, and Maelrawn the Tentacular appeared amid the fray. His tendrils wove among the ships, drawing demon and human craft together, churning the water and wind into a raging chaos. What happened in the crucible of that storm, none may truly say. The Cataract roars off into the void, deserted by its former denizens. Kunkka is now Admiral of but one ship, a ghostly rig which endlessly replays the final seconds of its destruction. Whether he died in that crash is anyone's guess. Not even Tidehunter, who summoned Maelrawn, knows for sure."
As both a carry and an initiator, Kunkka strikes a balance between physical prowess and magical offense. Although many of his spells have long cast times and require careful timing and map awareness, good Kunkka players can easily set up teamfights or take a powerful enemy out of commission. Tidebringer
, his passive and main source of offensive utility in lane, periodically cleaves on hit, dealing a healthy amount of physical damage to every nearby enemy. His main nuke, Torrent
, damages, stuns, and slows any unwary enemy caught in its area of effect when it activates. X Marks the Spot
will drag any enemy hero back to its original position and synchronizes well with his other spells. His most powerful spell, Ghost Ship
, will not only damage and stuns any enemies caught in its path, but will also buff the Admiral and any nearby allies by reducing any incoming damage, turning the Admiral and his mates into a fighting force to be reckoned with.
Karroch, the Beastmaster
"Karroch was born a child of the stocks. His mother died in childbirth; his father, a farrier for the Mad King of Slom, was trampled to death when he was five. Afterward Karroch was indentured to the king’s menagerie, where he grew up among all the beasts of the royal court: lions, apes, fell-deer, and things less known, things barely believed in. When the lad was seven, an explorer brought in a beast like none before seen. Dragged before the King in chains, the beast spoke, though its mouth moved not. Its words: a plea for freedom. The King only laughed and ordered the beast perform for his amusement; and when it refused, struck it with the Mad Scepter and ordered it dragged to the stocks. Over the coming months, the boy Karroch sneaked food and medicinal draughts to the wounded creature, but only managed to slow its deterioration. Wordlessly, the beast spoke to the boy, and over time their bond strengthened until the boy found he could hold up his end of a conversation—could in fact speak now to all the creatures of the King's menagerie. On the night the beast died, a rage came over the boy. He incited the animals of the court to rebel and threw open their cages to set them amok on the palace grounds. The Mad King was mauled in the mayhem. In the chaos, one regal stag bowed to the boy who had freed him; and with Beastmaster astride him, leapt the high walls of the estate, and escaped. Now a man, Karroch the Beastmaster has not lost his ability to converse with wild creatures. He has grown into a warrior at one with nature’s savagery."
With one of the longest stuns in the game and two unique summons to help him out, Beastmaster excels at staying alive even against the toughest odds. Though his spells may lack the raw damage potential of other heroes, he makes up for it with their strong versatility and support potential; he can frequently set up advantageous situations for his teammates or save an ally. Wild Axes
, his main damage-dealing spell, not only damages everything caught in their looping path but can also slice down trees in their path, meaning that Beastmaster can easily cut a path through normally impassible terrain or remove fog of war on the map. Call of the Wild
has two parts; the first part summons a hawk that, while it cannot attack, can provide flying vision to allies and serve as a mobile ward. The second part summons a boar that can fight alongside its master; its normal ranged attack slows enemies. Inner Beast
provides a passive attack speed to every friendly unit in its radius, including his summoned units. His ultimate Primal Roar
deals magical damage and stuns a target for up to four seconds, providing ample time for the Beastmaster and his wild cohorts to finish off their prey.
Davion, the Dragon Knight
"After years on the trail of a legendary Eldwurm, the skilled dragon-slayer found himself facing a disappointing foe: the dreaded Slyrak had grown ancient and frail, its wings tattered, its few remaining scales stricken with scale-rot, its fangs ground to nubs, and its fire-gouts no more threatening than a pack of wet matchsticks. Seeing no honor to be gained in dragon-murder, the young knight prepared to turn away and leave his old foe to die in peace. But a voice crept into his thoughts, and Slyrak gave a whispered plea that the knight might honor him with death in combat. The knight agreed, and found himself rewarded beyond expectation for his act of mercy: As he sank his blade in Slyrak's breast, the dragon sank a claw into his throat. As their blood mingled, Slyrak sent his power out along the Blood Route, offering all its strength and centuries of wisdom to the knight. The dragon's death sealed their bond, and Dragon Knight was born. The ancient power slumbers in the knight, waking when he calls it; or perhaps it is the Dragon that calls the Knight..."
Dragon Knight's durability and strength is rivalled only by a handful of other heroes, and few of them can outfight a well-played Davion on the offensive. Unlike other melee carries who are vulnerable in the early game, Dragon Knight can mitigate this weakness with his passive skill Dragon Blood
, giving him a permanent armor boost as well as buff to his natural health regeneration, meaning that he can farm with impunity for much of the early game. His two main damaging spells Breathe Fire
and Dragon Tail
deal magic damage in an area and stun a single target, respectively, but Dragon Knight's real offensive power lies with his ultimate, Elder Dragon From
. Activating this spell temporarily turns the knight into a powerful dragon for sixty seconds, temporarily boosting damage and turning his all of his attacks and Dragon Tail
into ranged damage and giving his attacks a temporary attack modifie which transitions from early game pushing power to late game teamfight domainance as he levels the ability, giving Dragon Knight ample time to tear his enemies apart.
- Ambiguously Brown: Not very easy to see under his helmet, nor most of his earlier cosmetics, but it's more notable with his later sets which have more open-faced helmets.
- Achilles' Heel: Dragon Knight is very dependent on Elder Dragon Form to perform well, meaning he's only online half the time and making Aegis and buyback minimally effective.
- Breath Weapon: In knight form, he can breathe cones of fire to burn his enemies. In dragon form, this replaces his normal attack.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: His eyes appear to glow from under his helmet.
- Cool Helmet
- Cool Sword
- Dragon Knight: Natch.
- Enemy Mine: Davion seems to have this going on with Jakiro, as even if Jakiro is a dragon, they don't seem to like each other much. They don't have any ally lines either. Although Jakiro seems to act shocked whenever Davion kills him.
- Eyeless Face: With the Kindred of the Iron Dragon cosmetic item, the model of Elder Dragon Form is turned into an eyeless, armoured iron dragon.
- Fusion Dance: Between Davion and Slyrak.
- Healing Factor: Dragon Blood gives Dragon Knight a significant boost to his health regeneration.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He seems quite protective of dragons for a dragon hunter, probably absorbing a part of Slyrak's personality.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me
- Mighty Glacier: Dragon Knight is incredibly durable with natural stat growth and Dragon Blood, and can deal quite a punch in teamfights thanks to Elder Dragon Form's splash damage. However, he has one of the worst movement speeds in the game, which is only somewhat alleviated by Elder Dragon Form.
- Monster Knight
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Playing with Fire: Davion can breathe cones of fire with his first ability Breathe Fire.
- The Power of Blood: Used by Slyrak to give his power to Davion.
- Shield Bash: Dragon Tail
- Tail Slap: When Elder Dragon Form is active, Dragon Tail becomes this trope.
- Simple Yet Awesome: Dragon Knight is a very simple strength carry, who nonetheless is potent throughout most stages of the game.
- Valve themselves picked up on this, and Dragon Knight is used in the new tutorial system to introduce players to Dota.
- Split Personality Takeover/Super Mode: Elder Dragon Form turns him to a dragon with higher movespeed, ranged attack and stun, and a free orb effect.
- Herd Hitting Attack: When Elder Dragon Form reaches level 2, Davion's attacks in dragon form will deal splash damage.
- Poisonous Person: When a single point is placed, the Green Dragon gets damage over time in his attack.
- An Ice Person: And when it's maxed, the level 3 Blue Dragon's attacks no longer have the damage-over-time effect, but can instead slow enemies.
- Stone Wall: Not particularly hard hitting for a Carry, but his sheer durability means taking him down before he does so to you extremely difficult at best.
- Super Toughness: He has great base armor, and Dragon Blood gives him absurd amounts of armor and HP regen, before he even starts getting items. It's not uncommon to have over 70% resistance to physical damage, making him nigh-invincible in direct combat.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Into Slyrak.
Rattletrap, the Clockwerk
"Rattletrap descends from the same far-flung kindred as Sniper and Tinker, and like many of the Keen Folk, has offset his diminutive stature through the application of gadgetry and wit. The son of the son of a clockmaker, Rattletrap was many years apprenticed to that trade before war rode down from the mountains and swept the plains villages free of such innocent vocations. Your new trade is battle,” his dying father told him as the village of their ancestors lay in charred and smoking ruins. It is a poor tradesman who blames his tools, and Rattletrap was never one to make excuses. After burying his father among the ruins of their village, he set about to transform himself into the greatest tool of warfare that any world had ever seen. He vowed to never again be caught unprepared, instead using his talents to assemble a suit of powered Clockwerk armor to make the knights of other lands look like tin cans by comparison. Now Rattletrap is alive with devices - a small but deadly warrior whose skills at ambush and destruction have risen to near-automated levels of efficiency. An artisan of death, his mechanizations make short work of the unwary, heralding a new dawn in this age of warfare. What time is it? It's Clockwerk time!"
- Barrier Warrior: Power Cogs forms a barrier of eight energised cogs around Clockwerk, trapping nearby units and shocking enemies if they approach.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Clockwerk refers to mana as fuel.
- Clock Punk
- Clockwerk Armor: His suit of armor is incredibly complex, with many whirring gizmos and ticking parts, albeit gasoline-powered. Clockwork Creature was played straight in the first DotA.
- Cool Helmet
- Defog of War: His third ability, Rocket Flare, on top of having global range and dealing damage, lights up the area where it explodes for several seconds, and reveals terrain as it flies over, making it useful for scouting out areas on the other side of the map.
- Difficult but Awesome: Despite its global range, Rocket Flare travels fairly slowly, meaning that it can be difficult to hit targets that aren't standing still if you're shooting your flare anywhere that isn't on the same screen as Clockwerk. Hookshot also has a very limited radius of effect, making it hard to latch onto enemy heroes that are actively trying to juke you. But once you master these skills, Clockwerk becomes much deadlier. Flares can push creep lanes from the other side of the map and snipe fleeing enemy heroes in the dark (or simply to deny an enemy's Healing Salve or Clarity during early laning), while Hookshot can travel across more than a screen to latch enemy heroes who think they're safe, use Power Cogs to lock them in, and activate Battery Assault to deal damage over time.
- Dynamic Entry: Because Hookshot has such a massive range (well beyond visual range at all levels), Clockwerk can use it to latch onto enemy heroes who don't even know that he's in the area ("area" being anywhere within two screens). It gets even more absurd if Lifestealer is hitching a ride, since a hero can suddenly get stunned without warning, and find themselves at melee range with a Battery Assaulting Clockwerk and a very angry Lifestealer, all while being Cogged in.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Glacier Waif: As a Keen, he is much smaller than most heroes, but his primary role is a ganker/initiator and his stats and skills make him very tanky in combat.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Rattletrap's ultimate, Hookshot, pulls him towards enemies or allies, damaging and stunning enemies he connects with (as well as anything hostile along the way).
- Lead The Target: Rocket Flare will allow players to snipe people from across the map once they get a feel for how much damage it does, and how fast it travels.
- Lightning Bruiser: On top of having impressive Agility gain and being a Strength hero, he has above-average movement speed, and Hookshot allows him to instantly close the gap between him and his target, making him extremely mobile.
- Mana Burn: Enemies that touch the Power Cogs barrier are shocked, losing both health and mana.
- Odd Name Out/The Artifact: "Rattletrap" isn't exactly a common given name for a Keen. It's a leftover from his DotA character, which was a mechanical goblin.
- Overclocking Attack: Clockwerk's first ability, Battery Assault, overloads the devices he doesn't need, exploding them into enemies' faces. It's a very situational ability though, since the devices explode against random enemies within range, meaning that it does massive damage when chasing a single fleeing enemy hero but can become utterly useless if your target runs through a creep wave.
- Powered Armor
- Pungeon Master: It's probably easier to list his lines that are not puns. Shout Outs, or snarks.
- Race Lift: In DotA, he was known as "Clockwerk Goblin". He was changed to Keen in Dota 2, making him the same race as Tinker and Sniper, though the armor design still bears a goblin motif.
- Random Number God: Battery Assault's greatest weakness is that it hits random targets nearby. This means that while it is extremely powerful against lone opponents, trying to use it in a crowd will spread the damage and mini-stuns out ineffectually.
- Science Hero
- Shout-Out: One of his death animations is similar to Terminator's death in a vat of molten metal.
- You Will Not Evade Me: All of Rattletrap's abilities make him extremely hard to evade once he has you in his sights:
- Battery Assault, on top of dealing loads of damage over time, will mini-stun the enemy every time it connects, forcing them to stop (and cancelling any channeled abilities). This means that a Clockwerk walking alongside a lone opponent can slow them down drastically, on top of the damage.
- Power Cogs will lock down anybody within a certain radius of Clockwerk, preventing them from moving outside of an extremely small radius (all while being trapped right next to him).
- Rocket Flare has global range, allowing smart players to spot out enemies, or even kill weakened opponents with good aim.
- Hookshot's massive cast range allows Clockwerk to instantly latch on to and fly up to opponents that are even remotely near him.
Purist Thunderwrath, the Omniknight
"Purist Thunderwrath was a hard-fighting, road-worn, deeply committed knight, sworn to the order in which he had grown up as squire to elder knights of great reputation. He had spent his entire life in the service of the Omniscience, the All Seeing One. Theirs was a holy struggle, and so embedded was he in his duty that he never questioned it so long as he had the strength to fight and the impetuous valor that comes with youth. But over the long years of the crusade, as his elders passed away and were buried in sorry graves at the side of muddy tracks, as his bond-brothers fell in battle to uncouth creatures that refused to bow to the Omniscience, as his own squires were chewed away by ambush and plague and bad water, he began to question the meaning of his vows—the meaning of the whole crusade. After deep meditation, he parted ways with his army and commenced a long trek back to the cave-riddled cliffs of Emauracus, and there he set a challenge to the priests of the Omniscience. No knight had ever questioned them before, and they tried to throw him into the pit of sacrifice, but Purist would not be moved. For as he faced them down, he began to glow with a holy light, and they saw that the Omniscience had chosen to reveal Itself to him. The Elder Hierophant led him on a journey of weeks down into the deepest chamber, the holy of holies, where waited not some abstract concept of wisdom and insight, not some carved relic requiring an injection of imagination to believe in, but the old one itself. It had not merely dwelt in those rocks for billions of aeons; no, It had created them. The Omniscience had formed the immense mineral shell of the planet around itself, as a defense against the numerous terrors of space. Thus the All Seeing One claimed to have created the world, and given the other truths revealed to Purist on that day, the knight had no reason to refute the story. Perhaps the Omniscience is a liar, deep in its prison of stone, and not the world's creator at all, but Omniknight never again questioned his faith. His campaign had meaning at last. And there can be no question that the glorious powers that imbue him, and give his companions such strength in battle, are real beyond any doubt."
- Awesome Mc Cool Name
- Badass Beard
- Barrier Warrior: Omniknight's second skill, Repel, gives magic immunity to the target, making them invulnerable to most spells. What's more, since it's a targeted ability this means that heroes that normally don't purchase Black King Bar (either because they don't have enough farm, or because they need to buy another item first) can benefit from having magic immunity, and Omniknight can even use it to essentially double the up time for heroes who do have BKB (or protect them from being chain-stunned if they get disabled before they can activate it). At max level (where it lasts for 12 seconds), he can spam it continuously and only give the enemy a two-second window to cast spells on the target if they don't have any purge abilities. Even late-game where everyone on both teams may be carrying Black King Bars (which become less effective the more you use them, only lasting for 4 seconds at its weakest state), the spammability of the spell (a 14-second cooldown and 50 MP cost) means that you can use it in any situation rather than hold it in reserve for just the right teamfight.
- Church Militant
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Was the case before, when his color scheme was blue, which helped indicate him as a healer-type support.
- Combat Medic: His first skill, Purification, instantly heals the target for a massive amount and simultaneously damages everything around for the same amount (which is also Pure damage, meaning that it ignores magic resistance).
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Omniscience.
- Difficult but Awesome
- Repel's synergy with Omniknight's other spells can be hard to get used to. Its timing is easy to screw up, since you have to remember that certain helpful spells that you and your teammates can cast on each other (such as Purification) are blocked by magic immunity, meaning that if you cast Repel on an ally to protect them, you can't then heal them with Purification. Additionally, Repel can be targeted on enemies as well as allies, so a mis-click can cause you to accidentally buff an enemy with magic immunity. But once you learn how to properly order your spells, and that enemies' buffs are purged by Repel, and what spells are blocked by magic immunity, you can use your spells to make split-second saves on teammates, and even use ''Repel'' on an enemy to purge positive buffs on them that could make the difference in a teamfight.
- Equally difficult is the proper use of Purification, which relies on timing it so that your heal target is right next to the enemy, however, using it properly shifts the balance of HP by double what it states, as it both heals the ally and damages the enemy by that much. This can literally single-handedly cause an gank to backfire, allow good players surprising lane control and pull a first blood when combined with a good ganking hero.
- There's even utility in giving heroes magic immunity when they don't want it, letting you pull off some pretty unconventional kills.
- Drop the Hammer
- Fixed Damage Attack: A well-timed Purification can deal a huge amount of AoE Pure damage in a small area of effect, while at the same time healing its target, essentially doubling the difference in HP between the heal target and nearby enemies.
- Good Is Not Dumb: He had the wherewithal to question the higher-ups of the Omniscience, which is why his strength is so real.
- Good Is Not Soft
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Omniknight's default model doesn't wear a helmet.
- Holier Than Thou: Has some kill quotes aimed specifically at Chen that berate him for how he uses his holy powers.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Purification is hard to hit an enemy with, but deals a lot of Pure damage, making it a very deadly nuke that simultaneously heals an ally.
- Light is Good
- Magic Knight: While he isn't an Intelligence caster, Omniknight relies greatly on his spells in order to make an impact in teamfights. However, his right-click abilities suffer as a result, as his Agility and attack animation leave much to be desired.
- Magikarp Power: Omniknight is best described as a late game support. Degen Aura is a scaling percentage, and Repel and Guardian Angel are simple flat-out immunities that don't care if the damage they block in question is the 20 damage hit of a simple creep, or the 4-digit crit of a 6-slotted hard carry, it's still zero. Given that his main weakness, Diffusal Blade, has limited and non-replenishable charges, his impact grows more and more notable over time. The trade-off is that he isn't able to do much outside of healing and babysitting the carry early game.
- Repel starts off at 6 seconds of magic immunity at level 1, while a BKB starts at 10. But by the late game, BKB's charges can become depleted, dropping down to 4 seconds at its weakest, while Repel has a 12 second duration and a 14 cooldown (meaning a 2 second downtime).
- Degen Aura reduces the enemy's movement speed by a percentage rather than a flat amount, which becomes more pronounced in the late game when that percentage is of a larger number.
- Guardian Angel becomes more effect the higher physical DPS gets, as this allows the allied carry a proportionally bigger advantage, and nukes fall off later on.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Repel makes the target immune to magic and Guardian Angel makes all allies within a certain radius of him almost immune to physical damage (with an Aghanim's Scepter, it becomes global). They stack, and putting Repel and Guardian Angel on your carry generally causes a Mass "Oh, Crap!" for the enemy team.
- No Experience Points for Medic: He actually still gets XP for kills he is near, but he often doesn't rack up assists because he's melee and only one of his spells damages the enemy, so his final game stats often don't reflect his true contribution.
- No Sell: Repel blocks all spells that would otherwise affect the targeted unit. Guardian Angel does the same for physical damage.
- The Paladin
- Personality Powers: An inversion; because of his personality, his third ability, Degen Aura, reduces the movement and attack speed of any enemy near him, because they literally cannot stand being in the presence of one with so much faith.
- Power Gives You Wings: White angelic wings for the duration of his ultimate. Everyone else affected gains smaller wings too.
- Religious Bruiser: He does carry a giant war hammer, after all.
- Status Buff Dispel: One little-known fact about Repel is that, not only does it remove purgable debuffs from friendly targets (meaning that, for instance, you can save a teammate who's affected by Slardar's Amplify Damage and Axe's Battle Hunger, both of which can otherwise last longer than the magic immunity buff), but it can be cast on the enemy to remove their positive buffs. This can be useful in negating some of their most powerful buffs (such as cancelling out a Surge by Dark Seer, or a Double Damage rune on the hard carry), at the cost of reducing your ability to deal with that target down to only right-clicks, abilities that deal Physical or Composite damage, and certain abilities that ignore magic immunity.
- Stone Wall: Omniknight is notorious as one of the hardest heroes in the game to kill due to his tankiness, his healing and protective spells, and for his ability to make his teammates equally hard to kill. Unfortunately, his low Agility gain means that he has trouble dishing out damage on the scale that a semi-carry can.
- Testosterone Poisoning: While this trope isn't as strong in the case of Omniknight, his general tankiness and ability to make his team man up by protecting them from harm, as well as his tendency to jump into the thick of the action (due to being a melee hero and needing to be close to the enemy to take advantage of his passive), certainly makes him one of the manliest supports in the game.
- It's also helped by a glitch when he was first ported to Dota 2, which caused him to spam the voice line "Fear nothing!" in just about any situation.
- White Mage: He's almost entirely focused around healing and protecting his teammates from harm, although he's not an Intelligence hero.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Omniknight's hardest counter is the fact that Repel and Guardian Angel can be purged, which makes him easy to counter by teams who buy Diffusal Blades, or if the enemy heroes have purging abilities.
- Why Won't You Die?: His main strength is making anyone on his team this, slowing all attacks by a very hefty 34%, leaving them immune to almost all spells for a large duration, makes everyone immune to physical damage for up to 10 seconds, and healing them for a major ammount.
- You Will Not Evade Me: His passive slows every enemy unit in its radius (and sticks on them for a time after they leave it), and slows through magic immunity. This means that all Omniknight needs to do to win chases is to catch up with his victim, walk alongside, then wait for the rest of the team to show up and finish the target off.
Huskar, the Sacred Warrior
"Emerging from the throes of the sacred Nothl Realm, Huskar opened his eyes to see the prodigal shadow priest Dazzle working a deep incantation over him. Against the ancient rites of the Dezun Order, Huskar’s spirit had been saved from eternity, but like all who encounter the Nothl he found himself irrevocably changed. No longer at the mercy of a mortal body, his very lifeblood became a source of incredible power; every drop spilled was returned tenfold with a fierce, burning energy. However this newfound gift infuriated Huskar, for in his rescue from the Nothl, Dazzle had denied him a place among the gods. He had been denied his own holy sacrifice. In time the elders of the order sought to expand their influence and Huskar, they agreed, would be a formidable tool in their campaign. Yet becoming a mere weapon for the order that denied him his birthright only upset him further. As the first embers of war appeared on the horizon, he fled his ancestral home to find new allies, all the while seeking a cause worthy of unleashing the power his total sacrifice could bring."
- Achilles' Heel: Doom is this to Huskar, since it will completely nullify his Berserker's Blood passive (doubly so since Huskar rarely builds Linken's Sphere). If cast on him while at low health, he loses his magic resistance advantage and can be easily nuked down. Axe's Culling Blade also bypasses it entirely, which combined with Huskar's tendency to be at low health will almost certainly be fatal.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Huskar in spite of his resistance to magic is still quite weak to Physical and Pure damage as well as HP Removal (a weakness that most other Strength heroes in the game do not share), a problem only amplified considering the absurd number of carries compared to supports in an average pub game.
- Can't Catch Up: Because of this reason, Huskar scales very badly into the late game - while he has a strong early-mid game presence, he falls off extremely hard in the late game, because any true carry will kill him in a second.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Blue skin.
- Anti-Magic: With maxed Berserker's Blood, Huskar gets up to 98% magic resistance when low HP, making him essentially immune to nukes.
- Back from the Dead: Although somewhat unwillingly.
- The Berserker: His entire skillset revolves around intentionally remaining at low health and suicidally charging into the enemy team without much concern for his own safety.
- Blade on a Stick
- Bloody Murder: His abilities are attributed to his blood being a volatile substance. It's not yet explained if he releases its power with Blood Magic or simply douses his weapons with it.
- Cast from Hit Points: Huskar spends hit points to use Burning Spears, and his ultimate, Life Break, costs a ton of his current health.
- Combat Medic: Huskar can heal himself and allied heroes with his first skill Inner Vitality.
- Combat Sadomasochist
- Crippling Overspecialization: The huge DPS that Huskar deals comes at the expense of all utility - there's nothing he could do except what he's designed to do.
- Critical Status Buff: Berserker's Blood gives Huskar bonus attack speed AND magic resistance for every 7% of his health missing. This stacks up to 14 times (meaning up to losing 98% of his health), so as Huskar gets closer to death, he gets stronger and harder to kill.
- Death Seeker: His ultimate goal is to find a fight worth dying in.
- Defector from Decadence: Left his people to find a more worthy cause to die for.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Healing Factor: Huskar can use Inner Vitality, drawing upon the target's spirit energy to heal them.
- In a Single Bound: Life Break starts with a fairly magnificent leap that can cover some impressive ground. If he gets Aghanim's Scepter, Huskar can even do this once every four seconds.
- Mage Killer: If Berserker's Blood is fully upgraded and he's down to his last sliver of health, Huskar has a whopping 98% natural magic resistance, making practically any nuke that doesn't have status effects to slow him down useless.
- Mighty Glacier: Despite being able to dish out loads of damage, Huskar has pitifully low Agility and is one of very few heroes whose base attack time is higher than the standard 1.7 seconds, meaning that he attacks very slowly unless he's at very low health.
- Lightning Bruiser: On the other hand, he gains great mobility with Life Break, lots of attack speed with Berserker's Blood and has a large health pool while hitting fairly hard.
- Percent Damage Attack: Huskar's ultimate, Life Break, shaves off a percentage of his target's current HP, at the cost of a similar fraction of his own. When he's at low health (which he almost always will be), this lets him cut off half (or more) of a full-health enemy's HP at a cost of a few points of his own, and then immediately regenerate most of it with Inner Vitality. This makes him a massive counter to Strength-based carries, since he can possibly remove over a thousand points of health from his target with a single attack.
- Playing with Fire: Huskar can light his spears on fire using his hitpoints.
- Pointy Ears
- The Rival/Bash Brothers: With Dazzle, and justified in both their backstory and gameplay. Dazzle's skills can make Huskar an unstoppable machine of destruction (Shallow Grave + Berserker's Blood = Game Breaker) — or make him useless if he's on the enemy team.
- Huskar apparently sees Axe as this as well, according to his response lines; their love of battle and tendency to charge blindly into the fray, as well as Axe's ability to annihilate Huskar with Culling Blade or pin a target down for him to effortlessly slaughter with Berserker's Call makes this occur from a gameplay perspective as well.
- Skill Gate Character: The basic idea with Huskar is that with Berserker’s Blood he gets stronger attacking power as his HP pool decreases, and both Burning Spears and Life Break give him convenient ways to lower his HP. However, having increased damage when hurt is rarely worth it when there are plenty of damage sources that don't involve deliberately crippling oneself, and are always active. The reason Huskar succeeds in pubs is because against poorly organised players he has no problem hanging around a dangerous level of HP. In fact, it's practically an invitation for his opponents to wander in one at a time and be slaughtered. But players who can plan ahead have no issue with waiting for Huskar to give them the perfect opening to dump all of their burst damage into, and by the end of the game a hero with real DPS skills can easily outcarry Huskar while also being able to fight at full HP. In addition to this, he also can't do anything but what he's designed to do (single-target DPS), with little teamfight presence and no utility whatsoever. Because of this, he is extraordinarily rare in competitive Dota, ignominiously being the only Hero who has never been picked at any of The International tournaments.
- Spell Blade: Burning Spear sets Huskar's spears aflame, dealing damage over time with his regular attack.
- Taking You with Me: Even if the target manages to survive his ultimate and kill him, they'll likely have several stacks of Burning Spear eating away at their low health, meaning that they'll likely die in a few seconds.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Huskar's legs seem a little too thin to support his massively-built torso.
- Turns Red: If Huskar's Berserker's Blood reaches its maximum stack (meaning that he'll be at extremely low health), Huskar will be about twice his normal size and surrounded by a glowing red aura. He also gains massive attack speed and magic resistance buffs.
- Violation of Common Sense: Huskar is at his best when he's at low health. Burning Spear can quickly eat up Huskar's health. As a result, most Huskar players use Burning Spear to intentionally nearly kill themselves in order to maximize his damage potential. Likewise, Life Break is often used to insert Huskar into situations that most heroes would usually run from, such as initiating against a hero that has much more health than he does.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Weaksauce Weakness: For all of Huskar's spell resistance, enemies who have high base damage will likely eviscerate him before he can do too much damage, as he needs to be at fairly low health to be effective.
- Why Won't You Die?: Tends to be the general reaction to a well-farmed Huskar at low health. Due to getting massive magic resistance buffs, unless he's getting right-clicked down by the other team's carry, it's near impossible to kill him since burst magic nukes will do almost no damage and he can regenerate very quickly with Inner Vitality.
- You Are Already Dead: Burning Spear can do up to 140 magic damage per stack, spread out over 7 seconds, and stacks every time the victim is hit with Burning Spear activated. Combined with Huskar's lightning fast attack speed with Berserker's Blood, enemies who have no way to quickly heal or dispel the status effect are very likely to succumb even if they manage to escape or kill Huskar.
Razzil Darkbrew, the Alchemist
"The sacred science of Chymistry was a Darkbrew family tradition, but no Darkbrew had ever shown the kind of creativity, ambition, and recklessness of young Razzil. However, when adulthood came calling he pushed aside the family trade to try his hand at manufacturing gold though Alchemy. In an act of audacity befitting his reputation, Razzil announced he would transmute an entire mountain into gold. Following two decades of research and spending and preparation, he failed spectacularly, quickly finding himself imprisoned for the widespread destruction his experiment wrought. Yet Razzil was never one to take a setback lightly, and sought escape to continue his research. When his new cellmate turned out to be a fierce ogre, he found just the opportunity he needed. After convincing the ogre not to eat him, Razzil set about carefully concocting a tincture for it to drink, made from the moulds and mosses growing in the prison stone work. In a week’s time, it seemed ready. When the ogre drank the potion, it flew into an unstoppable berserker rage, destroying the cell bars and exploding through walls and guards alike. They soon found themselves lost somewhere in the forest surrounding the city with a trail of wreckage in their wake and no signs of pursuit. In the tonic’s afterglow, the ogre seemed serene, happy, and even eager. Resolving to work together, the pair set off to collect the materials needed to attempt Razzil’s Alchemic transmutation once more.
- Acid Pool: Acid Spray can create one in an area.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Razzil's alchemy is apparently able to turn living organisms into gold.
- Badass Beard: Razzil himself.
- Brains and Brawn: Razzil and the ogre refer to themselves as the brains and the brawn, respectively.
- Charged Attack: Unstable Concoction gains power and stun duration for longer every second after it's activated, and if it's charged to maximum power it can deal more damage and stun for longer than Sven's Storm Hammer.
- Deadly Gas: Acid Spray creates a large cloud that shreds the armor and health of enemies.
- Dual Wielding: The ogre unsheathes two swords when using Chemical Rage.
- Fat and Skinny: The ogre and Razzil, respectively.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: The ogre's primary means of attack.
- Healing Factor: Gains a massive one while in the middle of Chemical Rage.
- Hollywood Acid: Acid Spray is green and reduces enemies' armour.
- Human Resources:
- Item Caddy: When played as a safelane farming carry, Alchemist relies on a six-slotted inventory of powerful items to get kills. This is made easier by Greevil's Greed, which makes farming much faster and easier, so a good Alchemist will probably assemble most of his arsenal by the thirty-minute mark.
- Jack of All Stats: Alchemist is a versatile hero and can be played in the carry, support, or mid roles. He has a strong earlygame which can be capitalized on if one so desires by playing him as a support or a mid. His lategame can also be taken advantage of by playing him as a carry, and he's one of the fastest farmers in the game, allowing him to reach his personal lategame before the enemy team's carries come online. If given enough farm as a support, he can also transition from a support to a carry, but his lategame is not as strong as some other heroes', such as Medusa, Spectre, or Faceless Void, all of who outcarry Alchemist once they have enough farm.
- The Juggernaut: With Chemical Rage activated, Alchemist can regenerate health faster than any other hero without a Heart of Tarrasque. As such, he can shrug off all but the most damaging nukes in a few seconds, and walk right over any squishy supports that get in his way.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Mad Scientist: Razzil is prone to laughing maniacally or ranting about chemistry while last-hitting, activating Chemical Rage, or killing a hero.
- Magic Knight: His Unstable Concoction + Acid Spray combo, which deals an absurd amount of damage, as well as a lengthy stun duration, allows him to be played as a ganking mid or support if one so desires.
- Money Multiplier: Greevil's Greed grants bonus gold for every unit killed in a specific time.
- Mounted Combat: Razzil rides on the back of an ogre. Whilst Razzil does the pointing, the ogre does the punching.
- Nice Hat: The ogre's horned hat.
- Our Ogres Are Hungrier: Razzil's ogre mount seems to be quite different than the ogre mooks found in game, although it does bear a strong resemblance to Ogre Magi.
- Phantasy Spelling: Chymistry
- Purple Is Powerful: Chemical Rage
- Race Against the Clock: A minor example with Unstable Concoction. If it's not thrown within 5.5 seconds, it will stun and damage the Alchemist.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The portrait for his ultimate, Chemical Rage.
- Science Hero
- Super Mode: Chemical Rage, which involves the ogre ingesting a Super Serum.
- Super Power Meltdown: The Unstable Concoction. Razzil throws a potion at an enemy that stuns them depending on how long he shakes it up. However, if he holds on to it too long, it will explode and stun himself.
- Super Serum: When Chemical Rage is used, Razzil gives the ogre a rage-inducing potion.
- Technicolor Science: Acid Spray is green and Unstable Concoction is purple.
- There Was a Door: The ogre simply crashes through the walls of the prison that he and Razzil was stuck in.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Unstable Concoction has Alchemist hurl a beaker of explosive chemicals at the target.
- Took a Level in Badass: Before the 6.75 patch Alchemist had the lowest win rate in the game and was regarded as a Joke Character. The 6.75 patch, however, buffed all of his abilities to the point where he is viable and can be a pretty big threat, and in The International 2013 he became a high tier pick. The 6.79 patch damaged his lategame carry potential, but still strengthened his earlygame, allowing him to be more versatile and be played as a support or a mid.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Alchemist becomes temporarily invulnerable when activating Chemical Rage, allowing him to disjoint certain stuns.
- Unstoppable Rage: When under the effects of Chemical Rage, the ogre runs faster, regenerates health faster, and attacks faster.
- Weak, but Skilled: Alchemist has one of the worst attribute growths in the game, but he makes up with his versatile kit, being able to fulfil every role in a team from the #1 carry to the #4-5 support.
- What the Hell, Player?: If Unstable Concoction backfires, the ogre will sometimes berate Razzil, and, by extension the player controlling him, for not throwing it in time.
Mangix, the Brewmaster
"Deep in the Wailing Mountains, in a valley beneath the Ruined City, the ancient Order of the Oyo has for centuries practiced its rights of holy reverie, communing with the spirit realm in grand festivals of drink. Born to a mother’s flesh by a Celestial father, the youth known as Mangix was the first to grow up with the talents of both lineages. He trained with the greatest aesthetes of the Order, eventually earning, through diligent drunkenness, the right to challenge for the title of Brewmaster—that appellation most honored among the contemplative malt-brewing sect. As much drinking competition as mortal combat, Mangix for nine days drank and fought the elder master. For nine nights they stumbled and whirled, chugged and struck, until at last the elder warrior collapsed into a drunken stupor, and a new Brewmaster was named. Now the new, young Brewmaster calls upon the strength of his Oyo forebears to speed his staff. When using magic, it is to his spirit ancestors that he turns. Like all Brewmasters before him, he was sent out from his people with a single mission. He wanders the land, striving toward enlightenment through drink, searching for the answer to the ancient spiritual schism—hoping to think the single thought that will unite the spirit and physical planes again."
- Achilles' Heel: Monkey King Bar is this to Brewmaster, as it completely nullifies both the miss chance from Drunken Haze and his evasion from Drunken Brawler. He's also particularly vulnerable to silences, since most Brewmaster players will often attempt to wait until the last possible second to cast Primal Split in order to make the most of a teamfight.
- Alcohol Hic
- Big Fun
- Beware the Silly Ones/Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Primal Split turns him from a slightly goofy inebriated panda-man into a deadly platoon of magical spirit warriors, and he becomes almost unkillable during its duration.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Booze-Based Buff: Played straight with Brewmaster's Drunken Brawler, which gives him a chance to evade attacks and deal critical damage. Inverted with Drunken Haze, which causes enemies to slow down and miss.
- Continuity Nod: Although Storm Spirit is now a human, Brewmaster still labels him as his cousin, likely due to his celestial heritage. In the original DotA, both Brewmaster and Storm Spirit were pandarens.
- While he is a red panda now, his Primal Split spirits have a giant panda pattern like the original's elemental pandaren.
- Critical Hit Class: His Drunken Brawler ability gives him a chance to regularly deal critical (200%) damage.
- Decoy Getaway: Primal Split can be used as one, sending either Earth, for his priority return and slow-immunity, or Storm, for his windwalk, back while the other two wreck havoc on the enemy team and get focused down in an attempt to kill Brewmaster.
- Difficult but Awesome: Storm's second ability Dispel Magic. Used properly, it can remove powerful buffs (like a Double Damage rune or Ogre Magi's Bloodlust), but on the whole enemy team; or save multiple teammates from deadly mass-disables (like Ember Spirit's Searing Chains). Used badly, it can inadvertently help enemies by purging these aforementioned disables from them (which might very well be the Thunder Clap or Drunken Haze that you just used), or good buffs from allies. Being able to use Dispel Magic effectively is what separates a good Brewmaster from an average one.
- Drunken Master
- Elemental Powers: After his ultimate (see Literal Split Personality below).
- Epic Flail: An odd combination of what can be called nunchaku, but with a staff on one end is his Weapon of Choice. However, it's a real weapon.
- Glowing Eyes: His elemental spirits.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses his barrel of booze as much as a weapon as his staff.
- Invisibility: Storm's Wind Walk turns him temporarily invisible.
- Literal Split Personality/Self-Duplication: His ultimate, Primal Split, splits him into three elemental warriors, which function as individual heroes for the duration.
- Mighty Glacier: Earth is the slowest, but is immune to magic, carries a ranged, damage-dealing stun, and has a high chance of dealing bonus AOE damage in a radius.
- Fragile Speedster: Fire moves at maximum movespeed and constantly deals damage to every enemy around him, but is also extremely frail.
- Squishy Wizard: Storm can turn invisible, purge buffs on enemies, and disable heroes with his tornado, but can't consistently deal damage.
- Locked Out of the Fight: Storm can do this with Cyclone.
- Magic Knight
- Many Spirits Inside of One: A heroic variant; Mangix sometimes refers to the three spirits as his "drinking buddies".
- Mighty Glacier: He's slow, but he packs a wallop; plus he becomes extremely difficult to kill with his high HP and innate evasion skills.
- No Sell: Earth is immune to magic.
- Pandaing To The Audience: His race is very Panda-like. The relation becomes more apparent when you look at his previous skin and ancestral spirits. He even used to be a Pandaren in the original DotA.
- Shockwave Stomp: Thunder Clap damages and slows enemies in a huge radius by slamming his barrel into the ground.
- Some Dexterity Required: As soon as Brewmaster pops his ultimate, you'll have to control three heroes simultaneously, each one with his own separate skills and abilities that work best chained together. If you buy Aghanim's Scepter, you'll have to worry about combo-ing together more skills. A well-played Primal Split, however can be extremely impressive and deadly.
- Status Buff Dispel: Storm's Dispel Magic ability, which dispels buffs in an area.
- Stout Strength
- Transformation Is a Free Action: When performing Primal Split, Brewmaster becomes invulnerable for the duration of the transformation, until after the three elementals are able to move.
- Why Won't You Die?: Brewmaster is a Strength hero with fairly high strength gain and the highest evasion in the game, if he has both Drunken Haze and Drunken Brawler maxed out, only 18.75% of autoattacks will actually hit him at all. This is in addition to dealing with his ultimate, which forces you to either fight them head on for a grand total of 19 seconds, or kill all 3 of them, no easy feat given that one's magic immune, another runs extremely fast, and the last can turn invisible. Escalated even further with Brewmaster's favored item build of Blink Dagger, Aghanim's Scepter, and Heart of Tarrasque, making his ult even harder to deal with, and then once it's over, letting him teleport away since Brewmaster himself never took damage during that duration and heal for a 3rd of his health while you were fighting the spirits. Yeesh.
Rooftrellen, the Treant Protector
"Far to the west, in the mountains beyond the Vale of Augury, lie the remains of an ancient power, a fount of eldritch energy nestled deep in the high woods. It is said that the things that grow here, grow strangely. To the forces of nature this is a sacred place, made to stay hidden and unknown. Many are the traps and dangers of this land—all-consuming grasses and crossbred fauna and poisonous flowers—but none are so fierce as the mighty Treant Protectors. These ageless, titanic beings, charged with keeping the peace in this dangerous land, ensure that none within encroach without reason, and none without poach their secrets. For time untold they tended to their holy ground, uninterrupted, only dimly aware of the changing world beyond. Yet inevitably the wider world grew aware of this untamed land, and with each passing winter the outsiders grew bolder. Soon they arrived with tools to cut and with flames to burn, and often the Treants would ponder: who are these fragile, industrious creatures? What now had become of the wild, green world? There came and went an age of questions and of doubts, a thousand summers of long traditions set to scrutiny, while more and more the outsiders died and fed their earth. When all that bloomed had finally finished their say, curiosity had overcome caution. It was decided: a lone Protector would be sent into the wider world, and instructed to wander until the glaciers arose once more, to observe the changing land and its creatures, and to discover what unknown dangers could threaten their sacred ground."
- All-Loving Hero: The only one he outright dislikes is Timbersaw, for obvious reasons. His only quarrel with Doom is that Doom's spreading hellfire around the forest.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His quote upon killing Pugna.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Easily the least violent hero in the game. Also possesses the highest base damage, second highest Strengh growth, and spells that could aid his teammates in a teamfight to great effects.
- Boring, but Practical: Out of all of Treant's spells, only Leech Seed deals damage and is easily outclassed by most damage-dealing spells in the game. His main play style revolves around continually casting Living Armor on allies and buildings, healing a push with Leech Seed, occasionally initiating a teamfight with Overgrowth... and that's about it.
- Buffy Speak
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander/Dissonant Serenity: He is a slow thinker and easily gets distracted either by the beautiful scenery or mysteries of the universe, and is often oblivious to combat around him.
- Combat Medic: Leech Seed is an interesting example; it not only damages and slows whatever enemy it's used on, but it will also heal every allied unit in a radius around it. His other utility spell, Living Armor, is unique in that it is one of two spells that can also heal towers from anywhere on the map, turning potential enemy pushes into a slog.
- Deflector Shields: Living Armor creates a shield around the target that blocks a certain number of damage instances.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His model has a small carving near his behind, saying "Riki was here".
- Furry Confusion: If he uses a Tango (a consumable item that regenerates your health by destroying a tree) he'll apologize and show mild regret for what he's done, despite the tree being non-sentient.
- Gaia's Vengeance: His various plant-themed abilities can aid his team in a teamfight or a push.
- Gentle Giant: He is a calm, peaceful treant with abilities focused on protecting allies and disabling enemies. He also has the game's second highest Strength growth and has ludicrous melee attack damage.
- Glowing Eyes
- Green Thumb: Being a treant, this is to be expected.
- Invisibility: Nature's Guise turns a friendly unit invisible near a tree.
- King Mook: Nature's Prophet can summon Treants, which are slightly bigger than an average lane creep. In comparison, Rooftrellen easily towers over most heroes and can cast spells.
- Life Drain: Leech Seed.
- The Lost Woods: His land of origin.
- Nature Hero
- No Experience Points for Medic: He actually still gets XP for kills he is near, but like Omniknight, he's melee, only one of his spells damages the enemy, and he doesn't get assists for things like immobilizing or disarming enemies, so his final game stats often don't reflect his true contribution to the team.
- Plant Person
- Shout-Out: To Pokémon with his spell, Leech Seed.
- Stealthy Colossus: Nature's Guise when fully upgraded, lasts an entire minute, and takes a minute amount of mana to cast, has a cooldown of 5 seconds, and can work on allies, as Rooftrellen is also usually an initiator and has Blink Dagger, he can just teleport the gap in trees. Given that he can cast and use items without breaking stealth, and he largely relies on said items and abilities to contribute to teamfights, he can actually be invisible throughout an entire fight and still be contributing the whole time.
- Stone Wall: Though Treant is very tanky and has very high base damage, his base attack time is the worst in the game (tied with Spirit Breaker and Weaver), meaning that he hits very slowly, and his skills do not deal as much damage either. Even when compared to the other Stone Wall healer of the game, Omniknight, he's still somewhat more defensive.
- Tree Cover: Nature's Guise turns any friendly unit invisible, so long as they remain in proximity to a tree. It's especially useful with surprise-oriented gankers like Pudge, as they can still cast spells while invisible.
- Tribal Face Paint
- Weird Beard: Branches growing from his face into the shape of a beard.
- When Trees Attack
Io, the Guardian Wisp
"Wisp is everywhere, and in all things. Denounced by enemies as the great unmaker, worshiped by scholars as the twinkling of a divine eye, Wisp occupies all planes at once, the merest fraction of its being crossing into physical existence at any one moment. Like the great twin riders Dark and Light, and yet another ancient traveler whose true history is lost to the ages, Io the Wisp is a Fundamental of the universe—a force older than time, a wanderer from realms far beyond mortal understanding. Wisp is nothing less than the sum of all attractive and repulsive forces within matter, a sentient manifestation of the charge that bind particles together. It is only in the controlled warping of these forces that Wisp's presence can be experienced on the physical plane. A benevolent, cooperative force, Wisp bonds its strength to others so that the power of allies might be enhanced. Its motives inscrutable, its strength unimaginable, moves through the physical plane, the perfect expression of the mysteries of the universe."
Bradwarden, the Centaur Warrunner
"It's said that a centaur's road is paved with the corpses of the fallen. For the one called Warrunner, it has been a long road indeed. To outsiders, the four-legged clans of Druud are often mistaken for simple, brutish creatures. Their language has no written form; their culture lacks pictographic traditions, structured music, formalized religion. For centaurs, combat is the perfect articulation of thought, the highest expression of self. If killing is an art among centaurs, then Bradwarden the Warrunner is their greatest artist. He rose to dominance on the proving grounds of Omexe, an ancient arena where centaur clans have for millennia gathered to perform their gladiatorial rights. As his fame spread, spectators came from far and wide to see the great centaur in action. Always the first to step into the arena, and the last to leave, he composes a masterpiece in each guttering spray, each thrust of blood-slickened blade-length. It is the poetry of blood on steel, flung in complex patterns across the pale sands of the killing floor. Warrunner defeated warrior after warrior, until the arena boomed with the cheering of his name, and he found himself alone, the uncontested champion of his kind. The great belt of Omexe was bestowed, wrapped around his broad torso, but in his victory, the death-artist found only emptiness. For what is a warrior without a challenge? The great centaur galloped out of Omexe that day with a new goal. To his people, Warrunner is the greatest warrior to ever step into the arena. Now he has set out to prove he is the greatest fighter who has ever lived."
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Normal
- The Berserker: Thanks to his huge HP pool, a passive that punishes attacks against him, and close-ranged spells, Centaur can be played in a very aggressive manner.
- Blood Knight
- Cast from Hit Points: Double Edge deals up to 400 damage to both Centaur and his target and costs no mana, which means that most Centaur players wind up stacking health regeneration items.
- Counter Attack: Return deals damage to any unit attacking Centaur. Unlike similar abilites of other heroes, it depends on Centaur's own strength and not the damage taken.
- Damage Sponge: Oh, yes. Easily the beefiest hero in the game, counting any hero with or without items. He has the highest Strength gain in the game and fairly impressive Agility gain, meaning by simply leveling up, he'll have tons of health cap and armor, making him extremely durable just by existing. You can make him even harder to kill by boosting his life cap with items, but getting percentage reduction items on him (such as more armor, or a Hood of Defiance/Pipe of Insight) makes him nigh unkillable. The only hero that can come close (or surpass) him is a good Pudge, and with lots of Flesh Heap stacks.
- Difficult but Awesome: Stampede usage, good Centaur players often use Stampede when they aren't even doing anything more dangerous than last hitting, but their ally on the other side of the map is going in for a gank or running from the enemy.
- Dynamic Entry: Stampede boosts Centaur's allies to max movespeed, dealing damage and slow to any units they run through. It works well with a Blink Dagger and Hoof Stomp stun, turning him into a powerful initiator.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Gladiator Games: Is a champion of them.
- High-Pressure Blood: Double Edge causes a jet of blood to squirt out from both Centaur and his targets.
- Horned Humanoid
- Lightning Bruiser: Not only does he have the highest Strength gain of any hero, but he's also scarily fast — especially with his ultimate, which lets him and all his allies charge at maximum movespeed for a few seconds.
- Made of Iron: One of the tankiest heroes in the game.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Natural Weapon: Bradwarden's hooves, used by Hoof Stomp.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Unlike centaurs seen in most other works, Bradwarden has a massive upper torso, horns and out-jutting lower fangs.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: His culture has little to it other than violence.
- Shockwave Stomp: Hoof Stomp.
- Super Speed: Stampede temporarily boosts the movement speed of all allies to the cap of 522.
- Super Strength: He has the highest Strength gain in the game, at 3.8 per level.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Contrary to most centaur depictions, his upper torso is even bulkier than the workhorse lower body.
- Trampled Underfoot: Any poor victim passed over by Centaur's allies when Stampede is active is stunned and takes damage based on his Strength.
- Victory Is Boring: His backstory.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Worthy Opponent: He regards Magnus as one.
Rizzrack, the Timbersaw
"Rizzrack could still hear the screams in his mind. He worked, frantically turning wrenches, twisting screws, building and carving and forging. Sleep eluded him; he only built. Months had passed since he had shut himself in his uncle's workshop, and his deliverance was nearly complete. He rubbed his back as his eyes drifted shut, and saw a blanket of flowers floating on the placid waves of Augury Bay before exploding into a cloud of pollen that silenced lives as it seized the lungs. He woke with a choking start. For hours the rhythmic sound of a whetstone filled the shop as he sharpened a set of massive blades, his mind filled with images of strangling vines garroting neighbors, enwrapping homes. The flooding of Augury Bay had been nothing compared to the violent horrors the waters left to take root beyond the city walls. But the saw-suit would make him strong and safe he thought, allowing himself this sliver of hope before the full might of his fear crashed into his fading mind. Branches and blood. When the city fell, Rizzrack fled trees that walked, and fought, and killed. Trees had shattered the gates and swarmed into the city. Trees had crushed and thrashed and stomped the last that Augury Bay could muster in defense, and stalked the few fleeing refugees. In addled silence Rizzrack unspooled the thick chain from the suit's arm, his hands quaking as he inspected each link and ran a trembling finger along the claw attached at its end. The saw-suit was ready. With his hand trembling he sparked the bladed machine to life. Terror drove him, terror of what awaited him and of what he would have to face to have any hope of calming his mind. As the saw-suit shuddered to life he knew he must face this fear, and he knew he wouldn't like it one bit."
- Bucket Helmet: He wears some kind of receptacle with a valve on his head.
- Chainsaw Good
- Companion Cube: His Chakram chainsaw, of all things.
- Cowardly Lion: Yes, he is crazy, nervous and afraid of pretty harmless plant life. At the same time he is one of the most aggressive solo hard lane heroes, not only easily surviving, but often decimating a superior force, and is an excellent mid-game damage dealer.
- Crippling Overspecialization/Achilles' Heel: Ironically enough, Timbersaw is extremely dependent on trees to deal damage and contribute to teamfights.
- Deadly Disc: His ultimate, Chakram fires Timbersaw's main sawblade, rendering him unable to attack until he calls it back.
- Disc One Nuke: Timber Chain and Whirling Death both deal pure damage, meaning that Timbersaw can easily dominate a lane with his AOE damage; both spells remain extremely strong and useful for most of the game.
- Dynamic Entry: With low mana cost and cooldown, Timber Chain can be used to zip from tree to tree over and over again in both chase and escape scenarios.
- Face Your Fears: Someone gave him this advice once; he took it Up to Eleven.
- Finishing Move: Chakram decreases enemy speed proportional to the health they've lost, slowing almost-dead heroes to a crawl while dealing damage over time.
- Fixed Damage Attack: All 3 of his damaging abilities deal Pure damage (though Whirling Death deals Magical damage without any trees nearby).
- Even if it doesn't deal Pure damage, Whirling Death also reduces an enemy's primary attribute by 15%, lowering max health on Strength heroes and armor on Agility heroes (most Intelligence heroes are already quite squishy so it doesn't matter much).
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Garden of Evil: It is strongly implied that the Vale of Augury, Rooftrellen's homeland, is connected with the attack on Rizzrack's home city.
- Goggles Do Nothing: While they could be used as protection from sawdust, he's just wearing them on his "helmet".
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Timber Chain.
- Hearing Voices
- It's Personal: Played for Laughs, see Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Irony: His default faction is Radiant, which is all about trees!
- Lightning Bruiser: His health regeneration increases successively with every hit thanks to his third ability, Reactive Armour. His other two abilities focus on gradually reducing enemy stats and movement speed while boosting his own defense, leading to a Death of a Thousand Cuts combat style. He is also one of the most mobile heroes in the game with Timber Chain.
- Lovable Coward
- Madness Mantra: Quite a lot of his responses are this.
- Magic Knight: After getting enough mana regen he won't need his autoattack for the rest of the game, instead relying on spammable spells.
- Mini-Mecha: His "saw suit".
- Nervous Wreck
- No Mere Windmill/Properly Paranoid: He might look like a Windmill Crusader, unless you remember about heroes like Nature's Prophet and Treant Protector.
- Pointy Ears
- Race Lift: Timbersaw was originally called Goblin Shredder in the original DotA. However, unlike the other goblin heroes (Alchemist, Tinker, Clockwerk), it is unclear if he is now a Keen (goblin equivalent) or not.
- Rings of Death
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He went on a forest-chopping rampage after his hometown was destroyed by treants.
- Science Hero
- Shout-Out: His gray and orange vest bears some resemblance to Gordon Freeman's HEV suit.
- Sole Survivor: Of his town.
- Spam Attack: Because all of Timbersaw's abilities have very short cooldowns, if he gets enough mana regeneration he can spam them indefinitely in a teamfight.
- Spin Attack: Whirling Death, although it's only the saw blade in his midsection that's spinning.
- Steam Punk: His (wooden) saw-suit has a large smokestack that continually belches smoke and fire as he moves.
- Unreliable Narrator: He could actually be crazy, as he's been in an insane asylum before:
- Walking Wasteland: Because his abilities rely on destroying trees en masse, it's very easy to tell where he's been.
- Why Did It Have To Be Trees?: His severe dendrophobia is very apparent. He's even afraid of the trees that aren't capable of harming him.
- Even better: one of his respawn lines is the trope name, word for word.
- Why Won't You Die?: Due to Reactive Armor giving him loads of armor and HP regen, Timbersaw is extremely resistant to physical damage. His ability to reduce enemies' primary stats with Whirling Death (which is used to calculate physical damage output) and to escape quickly using Timber Chain means that unless you lock him down in place with disables and nuke him with magic spells (which don't scale well late-game), you likely aren't going to be killing him unless you're fighting him five versus one.
Rigwarl, the Bristleback
"Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund). After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. “Your tusks offend me, sir,” he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before—he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing."
Ymir, the Tusk
"It had been a brawl to remember. There stood Ymir, the Tusk, the Terror from the Barrier, the Snowball from Cobalt, the only fighter to have bested the Bristled Bruiser in a fair fight, and now the last man standing in Wolfsden Tavern. What started as a simple bar bet of supremacy ended with four regulars, a blacksmith, and six of the Frost Brigade's best soldiers writhing against the shards and splinters of almost every bottle, mug, and chair in the building. The Tusk boasted and toasted his victory as he emptied his brew.No sooner had the defeated regained consciousness than the cries for double-or-nothing rang out. The Tusk was pleased at the prospect, but none could think of a bet bigger than the one he just conquered. Horrified at the damage to his tavern and desperate to avoid another brawl, the barkeep had an idea. As skilled as he was, Ymir had never taken part in a real battle, never tested himself against the indiscriminate death and chaos of war. He proposed a wager to the fighter: seek out the biggest battle he could find, survive, and win it for whichever side he chose. The stakes? The next round of drinks."
- An Axe to Grind
- Angrish: Tends to burst into this when Snowball misses.
- The Bet: Tusk's entire motivation to go out and fight ghosts, demons, and fundamental forces of the universe? Someone bet him to do it.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Critical Hit: Walrus PUNCH! is a guaranteed 350% crit.
- Dynamic Entry/Human Snowball: Snowball can be used to send your entire team into the middle of the enemies.
- Field Power Effect/Hostile Weather: Frozen Sigil creates a snowstorm which slows all enemy units within 600 range.
- Geometric Magic: Tusk's Frozen Sigil, a flying symbol that creates a blizzard around it.
- Home Run Hitter: Walrus PUNCH! temporarily sends the target flying into the air and off the screen.
- An Ice Person
- Large Ham: An exceptional example even among Dota 2 heroes.
- Up to Eleven: He has eighty-three unique response lines just for Walrus PUNCH!.
- Magic Knight
- Megaton Punch/Shoryuken: If the Walrus PUNCH! finishes off an enemy, it sends the target flying up out of sight, only to fall back at ridiculous speeds moments later.
- Metal Slime: The Frozen Sigil gives a fairly good gold bounty if destroyed, though it's often difficult as it can move and requires a specific number of hits to be destroyed, all while significantly slowing nearby enemies' attack and movement.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His real name, Ymir, is the name of the Norse King of the Ice Giants.
- Petting Zoo Person
- Power Fist
- Race Lift: He used to be known as Ymir the Tuskarr in DotA. For legal reasons, this was changed in Dota 2.
- Red Baron: He's known as the 'Terror from the Barrier'.
- Rolling Attack: Snowball has him ride a giant snowball and careen into an enemy, dealing damage along the way.
- Shout-Out: Mostly in the form of Walrus PUNCH! battle cries:
- So Proud of You: He acts like a doting parent to Crystal Maiden. Though not mentioned in either of their backstories, it's implied they used to be friends while Crystal Maiden was training under an ice wizard.
- Terrain Sculpting: Ice Shards create a half-circle of ice around the point of impact.
- Written Sound Effect: WALRUS PUNCH! appears above the target, taking up most of the screen if it was the last hit.
Elder Titan, the Worldsmith
"Well may you ask, "How did this world take its form?" Why of all the worlds in creation, has this one its strange properties, its diverse and motley collection of creatures, cultures and lore? "The answer," One whispers, "lies with the Titans."These original progenitors were there near the Beginning—if not actual witnesses to the creation, then born with it still echoing in their ears. Stamped with the earliest energies of the universe, they wished nothing more than to continue as creators themselves. Thus they bent to the task of shaping matter to their will: hammering and heating, bending and blasting. And when matter proved less challenging than they liked, they turned their tools upon themselves, reshaping their minds and reforging their spirits until they had become beings of great endurance. Reality itself became the ultimate object of their smithing. Yet, along the way, they sometimes erred. In cases of great ambition, mistakes are unavoidable.The one we know as the Elder Titan was a great innovator, one who studied at the forge of creation. In honing his skills, he shattered something that could never be repaired, only thrown aside. He fell into his own broken world, a shattered soul himself. There he dwelt among the jagged shards and fissured planes, along with other lost fragments that had sifted down through the cracks in the early universe. And this is why the world we know resembles an isle of castaways, survivors of a wreck now long forgotten. Forgotten, that is, by all but the One who blames himself. He spends his time forever seeking a way to accomplish the repairs, that he might rejoin the parts of his broken soul, that we and the world alike might all be mended. This is the One we know as Elder Titan."
- The Atoner
- Bonus Boss: Before being added in DotA version 6.60, Tauren Chieftain (the former name of Elder Titan) was a secret bonus boss in 6.59b.
- Catching Some Z's: Around enemies put to sleep by Echo Stomp.
- Charged Attack: Echo Stomp must be channelled for 1.4 seconds before it's released.
- Defog of War: As the Astral Spirit can move through all terrain, it can be used as a scouting mechanism to give vision over a particular area.
- Difficult but Awesome: It takes some practice to get used to hitting with Earth Splitter - the 3 second delay is usually enough time for enemies to avoid it if they are not slowed or disabled. However, it is a very powerful scaling nuke that remains extremely useful throughout the entire game.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Earth Splitter.
- Drop the Hammer
- Earthquakes Cause Fissures: His ultimate, Earth Splitter, creates a fissure that moves very slowly, but upon completing its travel length will severely damage any enemies that happen to be in the area, on top of lining them up with the fissure and slowing them down, making them easy targets for finishing off with AoE spells.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He is only known as the Elder Titan.
- Fixed Damage Attack: Earth Splitter deals damage equal to 35% of the targets' max HP.
- Horned Humanoid
- Jack of All Stats: Since Elder Titan is fairly level- and money-independent, and has a good laning stage, he can be played in almost all positions from the midlaner to the support - carrying being the only role he can't fulfil.
- Lead The Target: Both Echo Stomp and Earth Splitter have fairly long delays and can be easily avoided, but if pulled off correctly they might sleep enemies for 5 seconds and cut down their HP by 35% respectively.
- Lightning Bruiser: Astral Spirit gives Elder Titan bonus damage and movement speed for each enemy it passes through. In the case of enemy heroes, it gives him +5% movement speed and +40 damage per hero, so catching four heroes with the projection (to say nothing of any creeps that happen to be standing around) will give him a minimum of +20% movement speed and +160 attack damage, which, combined with his Natural Order aura, means that he'll be hitting almost as hard as if he were carrying a Divine Rapier.
- A Load of Bull
- Loin Cloth
- Magic Knight
- Mighty Glacier
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He is responsible for the war between Radiant and Dire by shattering the Mad Moon.
- Physical God
- Power Nullifier/Field Power Effect: Elder Titan's third ability and passive, Natural Order, reduces the base armor and any armor gained through Agility of any nearby enemy to zero, on top of effectively nullifying their base magic resistance. This makes him an extremely powerful counter against Agility carries, who tend to rely on their Agility-boosted armor to reduce incoming physical damage, tend not to have the largest health pools due to not being Strength heroes, and are generally already weak against magic nukes anyways.
- Race Lift: He was a Tauren in the first DotA, though for the sequel he was changed to an original design for copyright reasons.
- Self-Duplication: Astral Spirit allows Elder Titan to safely initiate teamfights from afar, or to snipe escaping enemy heroes.
- Shockwave Stomp: Elder Titan's first skill, Echo Stomp, channels for a short duration, and upon landing damages all nearby enemy units and knocks them unconscious, causing them to wake up only when the debuff expires or they take player-based damage. It's a unique disable in that it can be used to pick off enemies one by one without worrying about dealing with the rest unless someone casts an AoE spell.
- Shout-Out: His skills' lore has references to The Bible.
- Some Dexterity Required: Playing Elder Titan well requires good micromanagement of the Astral Spirit. It's not nearly as heavy as that needed for other heroes (like Meepo or Chen) however and you won't die if you mess it up.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Telephone Polearm: Not only his hammer, but an even bigger totem on his back.
- Time Abyss
- Tribal Facepaint
- Vampiric Draining: Any unit that gets touched by Astral Spirit will take damage, and upon returning to Elder Titan, he gains movement speed and attack damage for a short duration based on how many creeps and heroes it managed to pass through.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Tresdin, the Legion Commander
"They came without warning. Within the city walls of Stonehall there came a rumble and a terrible sound, and from blackness unknown came a force of beasts numbering beyond count, wielding flame and foul sorcery, slaying and snatching mothers and sons to dark purpose. Of once-mighty Stonehall's military strength only the Bronze Legion, led by the indomitable Commander Tresdin, was near enough to answer the call of battle. They rode into their city, fighting through bloodstained alleyways and burning markets, cutting their way through the monstrous throng to the source of the sudden invasion: an ethereal rift within the city square, and at its precipice thundered their dreaded champion.Enwrapped in a corrosive shimmer, the leader of the abyssal horde swung its massive blade, cleaving a legionnaire in two as his flesh began to spoil. Tresdin lifted her blood-stained sword and settled her sights on the beast. It turned, smiling at her through a maze of teeth. Heedless of the battle raging around them, they charged one another.Deflecting blow after blow, the pair danced their deadly duel as the Bronze Legion met its end around them. Tresdin leapt forward as her foe swung its sword to meet her. The odds turned. The attack smashed into Tresdin suddenly, a brutal thrust from the side, but even as her balance slipped she rallied her strength for another stroke. Blade scraped on blade, beyond the hilt to the gnarled paw below, carving it in two in a fearsome spray of sparks and blood. The vile audience looked on in astonishment as she pressed the attack, driving her blade through her foe's flesh into the stampeding heart within. With a scream that split the clouds above, the beast erupted in a torrent of gore and anguish. The stygian portal wavered, the power sustaining the chasm beyond vanishing as suddenly as it had appeared. The remaining invaders fell quickly to Stonehall steel.Though victorious, the survivors saw little to celebrate: the city lay in ruins, and survivors were few. Fires continued to spread. Unfurling her banners of war, Tresdin gathered what allies she could. Her anger smoldered as she pledged brutal vengeance upon the forces of the abyss, and damned be any who would dare stand in her way."
- Action Girl
- An Axe to Grind: Warcraft DotA only.
- Bears Are Bad News: If her quotes are to be trusted, Tresdin seems to be even more distrustful to bears than any other creatures. Normally when killing a hero, she'll say "Never Trust An X" in normal speed, but against Ursa or Lone Druid, she will have a small pause before saying 'bear' in disgust.
- The Berserker
- Blade on a Stick: Tresdin's weapon, a large polearm.
- Blood Knight: So much she makes Luna look almost peaceful!
- Combat Medic: Press The Attack greatly boosts the target's regeneration.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Overwhelming Odds deals more damage and grants Tresdin more speed for every enemy caught within it.
- Counter Attack: Moment of Courage immediately procs an extra attack on whatever enemy Legion Commander is attacking (most often the one that hit her) whenever she's hit by an auto-attack, and lifesteal a portion of that attack.
- Darker and Edgier: Her backstory has gone through two drafts, with the first one being significantly less dark than the current one.
- Difficult but Awesome: Knowing when to start a Duel is one of the most important things a Legion Commander needs to know. Done correctly, Tresdin can easily double her base attack damage without items before the match is over; done poorly, the other team will have gained plenty of free attack damage. As a result, picking targets requires knowing if she will survive the fight, knowing that she will not be targeted by other members of the enemy team in the interim, and whether the enemy can outclass her without spells or items.
- Duel to the Death: Her ultimate forces an enemy hero to fight her in one-on-one combat; neither character can cast spells for its duration. The winner of the fight gains a permanent damage boost.
- Fantastic Racism: She's something of a bigot towards non-humans, as evidenced in her Duel lines or when killing a rival.
- Four-Star Badass
- Gender Flip: Tresdin was a man in the original DotA, but was changed to a woman for the sequel.
- He Who Fights Monsters: With the Blades of Voth Domosh, swords made by a trickster armorer, she becomes a demonic being herself.
- Healing Factor: Press The Attack greatly increases the target's HP regeneration for a few seconds.
- Herd Hitting Attack: Overwhelming Odds. It gains bonus damage for every enemy within its area of effect.
- Honor Before Reason: Duel forces both Tresdin and her target to attack each other, regardless of whether they'd survive the resulting fight.
- Just You And Me And My Guards: While Duel forces both Tresdin and her target to attack each other, there's nothing stopping their teammates or summoned units from getting involved.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Leeroy Jenkins: While successfully winning duels increases her damage, losing duels increases the damage of her enemy. A Legion Commander that continually loses Duels can quickly buff the enemy team to a point where it is nearly impossible to battle back.
- Life Drain: Moment of Courage is one of the highest rated lifesteal abilities in the game, allowing Legion Commander to regain up to 80% of the damage she deals as health.
- Lightning Bruiser: Tresdin has plenty of health, plus the ability to attack and heal quickly with Press The Attack and Moment of Courage, move faster with Overwhelming Odds, and gains incredible attack power if she can repeatedly win during a Duel.
- Mage Killer: While under the effect of Duel, neither Tresdin or her target can cast spells or use items, forcing enemy mages to rely on their (typically) weak right-click attack in order to survive. Flavor and lore-wise, some of her dialogue also highlights her disdain of mages.
- Mythology Gag: A lot of her voice over lines are call backs to Tresdin in the original DotA.
- Many of her killing blow lines go 'never trust a *insert whatever race/class the killed character was*'. The original Tresdin's dialogue was based on the Warcraft III character Grand Marshal Garithos, who was a pro-human racist and famously had the joke line 'never trust an elf!'
- Some of them are pretty ridiculous, which was probably Valve's intent. "Never trust a fish" when killing one of the Slithereen heroes and "Never trust a tree" when killing Treant Protector or Nature's Prophet, for example. If she kills Ursa or Lone Druid she'll say "Never trust a...BEAR!" And then there are certain heroes such as Faceless Void and Morphling whose death prompts the line "Never trust a—what are you anyway?"
- Likewise, Tresdin's old male model (also based on Garithos) had a prominent mustache and beard, and rode a horse. In this game, she has dialogue complimenting people for their mustaches, beards, and mounts.
- Power Nullifier: During a Duel, both Tresdin and her opponent are prohibited from using spells and item active abilities. In addition, certain passive skills are also disabled.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
- Rain of Arrows: Overwhelming Odds.
- Screaming Warrior
- One of her rare lines references a famous line from the Fallout series.
- Another references US General George Patton's famous WWII speech.
- The Smurfette Principle: Tresdin is the only female Strength hero in the game.
- Sociopathic Hero
- However, her sound files seem to have hidden selection of dialog implying she is some type of Atoner when having a certain weapon equipped, like with the Blades of Voth Domosh.
- Why Won't You Die?: With enough farm and Duel victories, Legion Commander can be extremely hard to bring down in a fight since Moment of Courage allows her to lifesteal a large amount of HP (which gets more effective the more Duels she's won), and Press the Attack can remove damaging debuffs from her while also increasing her attack speed and giving her a hefty HP regen buff. With enough attack speed and damage (and maybe even a lifesteal attack modifier), she can potentially lifesteal more HP back than the enemy can deal against her.
Kaolin, the Earth Spirit
Deep amid the Upland crags and cliffs there runs a seam of sacred jade long foresworn by highland minders. From this rare material, the likeness of the great general Kaolin was carved and buried at the head of a stone funerary army ten thousand strong—a force of soldiers and holy men, jesters and acrobats, carved by crafstmen and entombed for millennia in the dark embrace of the Earth. What the craftsmen had not known was that within the strange seam of jade flowed the spirit of the Earth itself—an elemental force at one with the planet. When the force within the carved jade found itself cut off from the life's blood of the world, it gathered its strength over the course of a thousand years and dug itself free and into the light. Now the great Kaolin Earth Spirit strides the Upland roads, fighting for the spirit of the Earth; and in times of need calls forth remnants of his buried army still locked in the loving embrace of the soil.
Alone across an untouched darkness gleamed the Keeper's first sun, a singular point of conscious light fated to spread warmth into the empty void. Through aeons beyond count this blinding beacon set to coalescing its incalculable energy before bursting forth the cataclysmic flare of supernova. From this inferno raced new beacons, star progeny identical to its parent, who journeyed an unlit ocean and settled in constellatory array. In time, they too would be made to propagate through supernova flame. So would this dazzling cycle of birth and rebirth repeat until all skies hewn of Titan toil deigned to twinkle and shine.By this ageless crucible the star that mortals would come to call Phoenix collapsed into being, and like its ancestors was thrust into an endless cosmos to find a place among its stellar brethren. Yet curiosity toward that which the dimming elders comfort in the darkness consumed the fledgling, and so over long cycles it inquired and studied. It learned that among worlds both whole and broken would soon stir a nexus of remarkable variety locked in an enduring conflict of cosmic consequence, a plane which would find itself in need of more influence than a dying sun's distant rays could provide. Thus this infant son of suns took terrestrial form, eagerly travelling to shine its warmth upon those who may need it most, and perhaps seize upon its solar destiny.